New South Wales

Nov 14, 2016

Poll Bludger: Nats shot down in Orange

The anti-establishment backlash hurts the Nationals in Orange -- and it could hurt Mike Baird.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Saturday’s byelection for the New South Wales state seat of Orange might not loom terribly large among the global electoral convulsions that have characterised 2016, but it certainly marks a significant moment in the increasingly troubled life of Mike Baird’s government, and it is not without resonance of the anti-establishment backlash unfolding internationally.

Centred around the rural centres of Orange, Parkes and Forbes about 250 kilometres west of Sydney, the seat is classic Nationals heartland, and has been held by the party without interruption since 1947.

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